I've lived in Tornado Alley (or thereabouts) for 37 years and I've never even seen a tornado. I've seen more wall clouds than I can count but no actual twisters. So yeah, I'll take tornadoes over hurricane Andrew or Katrina any day!
We're getting battered by heavy winds about every third day in Lincoln. We've had seven inches of rain in about eight days, and some hail. So far we've dodged real damage here in my town, but there have been 12 or more tornadoes in Eastern Nebraska over the past few days, including two in Omaha a few days ago.
This weather pattern can break any time now!